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05-21-2008 11:27 PM
probear FYI - when PayPal or eBay contact you, they will always use your user name. NEVER will they send a general "Dear member" type of email.

Pretty much the same for most other types of accounts.
05-19-2008 07:48 PM
chuckster57 Sound advice..I agree, I am not as "savy" as the pishers on the web. And I will advise from now on to do as you say and "JUST SAY NO". I have gotten lucky in the past and I know that you are tempting the fates. My Brother in law that just passed away last week and I would use a computer that had nothing more than an OS when we would see these things. He was a computer science teacher for 17 yrs. and we would have "FUN" in his garage. those days are over now.. as I don't have a "surfer" 'puter. I agree with you.. DON'T DO IT!!!!!!
05-19-2008 06:49 PM
4micaman Phishing scams are all the rage these days don't you know!

Seriously for chuckster and anyone else who may be "tempted" to mess with the scammers:

Do yourself a favor and just say NO.

OK so you click on the linky link and enter bogus information... funny ha ha, right? Not so fast there buckaroo! Unless you use a Linux Operating System (maybe even a MAC - hush my mouth), you're taking a big chance by pulling the puppet strings. Some Phishing scams, when you click on the link, downloads and installs a backdoor, keylogger or trojan into your computer and you're none the wiser to it. Once that's done, it's a matter of time before you get the shaft.

Blah blah - What? You say you're running all the latest AV. firewall and security features on your OS? Don't trust software, only trust yourself to protect your vital information. Software - just as computers are foul-able... and only as good as the I-D-10-T behind the keyboard.

Have had to DBAN or recover to many computers that had been compromised by an end user that would boast by saying "but I installed the latest XYZ AV/Firwewall" while holding up a shiny CD. An hour or three (or a day) later, was when my reply would come - something like, "Yes maam - that'll be $xxx.xx please."

Bottom line, don't click on links or open attachments, from which you don't know/trust the source.
05-18-2008 10:11 PM
Texrob1
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Originally Posted by roofeditor View Post
I have seen that Lifelock program before,I am not a member but it looks promising.I think what would help more than anything, is some stiffer Jail time for a conviction,recently here in Houston someone that worked at Cigna was convicted of selling THOUSANDS of patients info to scammers,as I recall she was sentenced to 2 Years in Prison! 2 Years for potentially making thousands of peoples Credit go down the tubes,that's just pathetic. I found this info on all 50 States criminal Statutes for Identity theft in case you are Interested (or Very Bored ) Identity Theft State Statutes
05-18-2008 07:24 PM
klhansen
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Originally Posted by KINGTUT View Post
Who cares about that type junk, just use an American Express card and forget about internet fraud........total and complete protection.
Not on your life!

My company HAD American Express Cards, and somehow someone got hold of one of the account numbers (previously closed) and made some bogus charges from somewhere none of us had ever been. It took them FOREVER to finally reverse the charges. And on top of that, they gave our address to the vendor on one of the bogus charges and THEY sent us a bill (which we sent back).

We NO LONGER have American Express, and anything that comes from them goes directly into the shredder.

On the original topic. NEVER CLICK A LINK ON AN E-MAIL LIKE THAT. If you have a suspicion that there's a problem with your account, contact Paypal directly via their website (type in the address).
05-18-2008 03:35 PM
roofeditor
lifelock?

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Originally Posted by Texrob1 View Post
My wife And I have been through the Identity theft thing once already,it was not too bad,but was not fun,someone opened a capitol one card with my wife's Credit info & charged up $700.00 in one trip to Walmart,luckily Capitol one called to confirm & we told them it was not us,she now has a Fraud alert on her credit now & have had no problems since.
Anyone know if this is good or a bunch of BS

Identity Theft Prevention – Identity Theft Protection – Stop Identity Theft
05-18-2008 02:01 PM
Texrob1 My wife And I have been through the Identity theft thing once already,it was not too bad,but was not fun,someone opened a capitol one card with my wife's Credit info & charged up $700.00 in one trip to Walmart,luckily Capitol one called to confirm & we told them it was not us,she now has a Fraud alert on her credit now & have had no problems since.
05-18-2008 08:53 AM
whotnow One way to know if you have a legit email is if they use your full name, and dont send a link for you to log into. Below is the REAL email from paypal that i got after i did a high dollar transaction. I x'd out some of my personal info.

Dear DXXX WXXX,

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system. During a recent screening, we noticed an issue regarding your account.

PayPal occasionally performs credit checks on selected account holders. Your account has been selected to go through this process. We must complete a credit review in order for the warning on your account to be lifted. In most cases, the account holder's personal credit is analyzed using a Social Security number and an address likely to generate a match with a credit bureau. Please log into your PayPal account to provide this information. If an examination of your business credit would be more appropriate, please contact our customer service department to supply your Tax ID number.

Case ID Number: PP-471-667-XXX


For your protection, we have limited access to your account until additional security measures can be completed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal used to make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the Resolution Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you seek further clarification regarding your account access, please contact PayPal by visiting the Help Center and clicking "Contact Us".

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department
05-18-2008 08:16 AM
roofeditor
Ya right Rob!

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Originally Posted by Texrob1 View Post
Richard,Just to be on the safe side,you should E-mail them your Bank Account Numbers,your SSN & your Pin # for your accounts,I am sure No one would try to scam you over the Internet would they?
I'll send them to YOU for safe keeping.

BTW they are now warning me for not accepting their first warning.

Information Regarding Your account:Dear PayPal Member:

Attention! Your PayPal account has been limited!

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system.We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.We requested information from you for the following reason:

Our system detected unusual charges to a credit card linked to your PayPal account.

Reference Number: PP-xxxxxxxxxx (I changed to X)

This is the Last reminder to log in to PayPal as soon as possible. Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access.

Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account safety.

What are they trying to do here? I hit their link form another computer and the link goes no place....dead!
05-16-2008 12:24 PM
Texrob1 Richard,Just to be on the safe side,you should E-mail them your Bank Account Numbers,your SSN & your Pin # for your accounts,I am sure No one would try to scam you over the Internet would they?
05-16-2008 11:54 AM
ARIZHNT indefinitly, sorry-indefinitely

I wil try harderer on your nxt ebay mesages

butt plese, follo the lenk, i ned the mony, baddd

Hillary
05-16-2008 11:17 AM
Pappy19 I also get these all of the time for Paypal and Ebay. I always forward them to [email protected] and [email protected] and they do an investigation and give you a report on their findings.
05-16-2008 07:46 AM
roofeditor
Same here no pay pal account!

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Originally Posted by LC View Post
The message I got was unusual activity, someone had bought a watch on my Pay Pal account for $474.00. If I didn't contact them by a certain date the sale would be allowed to go through. Let it go through, I don't have a Pay Pal account.
So how could my account be compromised? Sounds like the Nigeria guys to be and they can't even spell.
05-16-2008 07:44 AM
roofeditor
Centurion Card?

Quote:
Originally Posted by KINGTUT View Post
Who cares about that type junk, just use an American Express card and forget about internet fraud........total and complete protection.
I'm thinking if you don't have one you would be a candidate for one. Very cool for traveling. We saved $10,000 on first class travel on one trip.
05-16-2008 06:30 AM
LC The message I got was unusual activity, someone had bought a watch on my Pay Pal account for $474.00. If I didn't contact them by a certain date the sale would be allowed to go through. Let it go through, I don't have a Pay Pal account.
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